McG is set to produce an adaptation of Aaron Karo’s high school-set romance novel GALGORITHM. The rom-com, which has been favorably compared to the works of John Green, has been pitched as Hitch meets high school.
The story follows Shane Chambliss, a high school senior who, after his long-term girlfriend dumps him, devises a surefire formula for true love. Soon established as the dating guru of Kingsview High School, Shane’s aim to master romance goes awry, forcing him to throw away his own rules in order to follow his heart. Galgorithm is a story about about high school, heartbreak, and having all the answers.
McG will produce with Mary Viola under his Wonderland Sound and Vision banner. The arena isn’t new for McG, as he recently produced this year’s teen dramedy The DUFF, another adaptation that dealt with high school romances. The DUFF, which was budgeted at $8.5 million, managed to exceed expectations to rake in an impressive $43.5 million. The film starred Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, and Ken Jeong.
McG is currently producing and directing another teen-led pic, albeit in a vastly different genre. The Babysitter is a horror/comedy that follows a lonely twelve-year-old who’s in love with his babysitter, and over one crazy night discovers some hard truths about life, love, and murder. McG had been the push behind the project since picking up the script, which landed on the 2014 Hit List and Black List.
The Babysitter, which is shooting now, stars Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Andrew Bachelor, and reunites McG with The DUFF stars Bella Thorne and Robbie Amell.
Karo is an author, screenwriter, and comedian who has written Ruminations on College Life, Ruminations on Twentysomething Life, I’m Having More Fun Than You, and the critically acclaimed YA novel Lexapros and Cons.
Karo is next developing the comedy Squad Goals for CBS, on which he serves as creator, writer, and co-executive producer. Squad Goals is produced by Ryan Seacrest and Nina Wass.
Karo is repped by Gersh and Underground Entertainment.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor